Judge Rules A$AP Rocky Must Stand Trial in Shooting Case

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A$AP Rocky is facing a trial.

A Los Angeles judge ruled on Nov. 20 that the rapper (real name Rakim Mayers) must stand trial on charges that he fired shots at a friend during a 2021 incident in Hollywood, according to NBC News. Rocky—who shares kids RZA, 19 months, and Riot, 2 months, with Rihanna—has pled not guilty to two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

The judge determined “the totality of the video and testimony” showed enough evidence for the case to head to trial.

“We’re not disappointed, not surprised, we expected to go to trial, we’ve been planning for trial all along,” Rocky’s attorney Joe Tacopina told reporters outside court, per NBC News. “Rocky is going to be vindicated when all this is said and done, without question.”

During the preliminary hearing, Rocky’s childhood friend A$AP Relli (real name Terell Ephron) testified that the pair had an altercation on Nov. 6, 2021.

Rocky, 35, allegedly pointed a gun at him “during a heated discussion,” per a Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office press release obtained by E! News in August 2022. Then, in what prosecutors called a “subsequent confrontation,” the “Praise the Lord” singer drew the gun and allegedly fired two shots toward Relli.


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